Telesis House v2.0

Telesis House v2.0

MAP | Metropolitan Architectural Practice
Napa, California, USA
Project Year
Private Houses
Joe Fletcher

Telesis House v2.0

MAP | Metropolitan Architectural Practice as Architects

This visionary and prescient modernist residence was renovated by MAP in 2014 to fulfill its original promise through its iteration of a singular imaginative vision. Its technological, structural & environmental innovation, reveals an uncompromising level of materiality and craft – all of which were tethered by an underlying sense of unfailing optimism. Originally designed by Jack Hillmer in 1950 , this residence is distinctly Californian - it is as light and airy as it is a testament to the spirit of exuberance that mirrored that moment of the collective history of Post WWII USA.

The 21stc renovation by MAP is set in dynamic motion by an undulating folded-plate and old growth redwood ceiling that crowns and organizes the integral plan. The ceiling extends well beyond the exterior plane of the building with dramatic cantilevered overhangs that shield the building from the intensity of the sun & provide shelter for covered walkways that exquisitely embody iconic notions of indoor-outdoor living.

The prescient passive-solar residence embodies an expansive design with dramatic floor-to-ceiling glass windows that open-up to the entire east and southern exposures of the home and overlook the landscape with views of the Napa Mountains. Each room has direct access to the patio area, the focal point of outdoor entertaining, siting the open kitchen within easy reach. The home’s combination of transparency, opacity & polarity remains a hallmark - seminal to the design for this post-war modernist residence and its vision of the future.

Material Used :

1. Old Growth Redwood

2. Custom Basalite CMU Block (local manufacturer)

2. Stainless Steel Countertops (Kitchen/Bath)

3. Stainless Steel Bathroom Fixtures/Faucets (varies)

4. Custom Redwood Furniture ( Built-in benches, dressers, cabinetry)

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